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Michael Jackson's ex-wife says doctors took advantage of singer

Michael Jackson at a news conference to announce the This Is It tour in 2009 Photo: Reuters

Michael Jackson's doctors competed for his business and over-prescribed medications to help overcome his "incredible" fear of pain, his ex-wife has testified in a wrongful death trial.

"His fear of pain was incredible. I think the doctors took advantage of him that way," Debbie Rowe told a Los Angeles court, which is hearing a lawsuit brought by Jackson's family against concert promoter AEG Live.

The 54-year-old added: "Unfortunately, some of the doctors decided that when Michael was in pain they would try to see who could give him the best painkiller".

Ms Rowe, who met Jackson while working as an assistant for a dermatologist who treated him, has rarely spoken publicly about the later singer.

Debbie Rowe is pictured outside Los Angeles Superior Court Credit: Reuters

The mother of Jackson's two eldest children, Prince, 16 and Paris, 15, said he was treated for several ailments, including lupus and severe scarring from burns on his head, which he suffered while shooting a television commercial for Pepsi in 1984.

A recording of deposition recorded on the 17 September 2012, was also played in court; in which Ms Rowe spoke of her knowledge that the King of Pop would seek the help of doctors to help him sleep.